Lesson Plan on Giraffes Can’t Dance (Montessori India)

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Pre-Primary / LKG / UKG / KG Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Giraffes Can’t Dance (Montessori India), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Giraffes Can’t Dance” – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Pre-Primary / LKG / UKG / KG Students in India

Curriculum Link:
This lesson plan is designed to align with the India National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for Pre-Primary / LKG / UKG / KG students. It focuses on developing language and literacy skills, cognitive development, social-emotional learning, and creative expression.

Theorist Link:
This lesson plan incorporates principles from Maria Montessori’s educational philosophy, emphasizing hands-on learning, self-directed exploration, and the integration of multiple senses to enhance children’s understanding and engagement.

1. To introduce and explore the central themes of the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance.”
2. To develop language and literacy skills through storytelling, vocabulary building, and creative expression.
3. To foster cognitive development by encouraging critical thinking, problem-solving, and sequencing skills.
4. To promote social-emotional learning by discussing themes of self-acceptance, empathy, and embracing differences.
5. To encourage creative expression through art and movement activities.

1. “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
2. Chart paper and markers
3. Picture cards with animal illustrations
4. Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.)
5. Music player and upbeat music
6. Open space for movement activities


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
a. Gather students in a circle and introduce the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance.”
b. Show the book cover and ask students to predict what the story might be about.
c. Discuss the importance of accepting and celebrating differences among individuals.

2. Storytelling and Vocabulary Building (15 minutes):
a. Read aloud “Giraffes Can’t Dance,” using expressive voice and gestures.
b. Pause at key moments to ask questions and encourage students’ participation.
c. Introduce new vocabulary words from the story, such as “rhythm,” “graceful,” and “confidence.”
d. Use picture cards to reinforce the meaning of new words and encourage students to identify animals.

3. Sequencing and Critical Thinking (15 minutes):
a. Display the chart paper and draw a simple timeline with key events from the story.
b. Ask students to recall and discuss the sequence of events in the book.
c. Encourage critical thinking by asking open-ended questions, such as “Why do you think the animals laughed at Gerald?”
d. Help students arrange the picture cards in the correct order on the timeline.

4. Social-Emotional Learning (15 minutes):
a. Facilitate a class discussion on the themes of self-acceptance, empathy, and embracing differences.
b. Ask students how they think Gerald felt when the animals laughed at him and how he felt when he discovered his unique talent.
c. Encourage students to share personal experiences of feeling different or excluded.
d. Discuss ways to support and encourage each other’s unique abilities and talents.

5. Creative Expression – Art Activity (15 minutes):
a. Provide art supplies and ask students to draw their favorite animal from the story or create their own imaginary animal.
b. Encourage students to use colors and patterns to represent the animal’s unique characteristics.
c. Allow time for students to share their artwork and explain their choices.

6. Creative Expression – Movement Activity (15 minutes):
a. Play upbeat music and invite students to move and dance freely, imitating the movements of different animals.
b. Encourage students to express themselves through dance and explore their own unique styles.
c. Discuss how each student’s dance moves are different and special, just like the animals in the story.

7. Conclusion (5 minutes):
a. Recap the central themes of the book and the key learning points from the lesson.
b. Emphasize the importance of accepting and celebrating differences in ourselves and others.
c. Encourage students to continue exploring their unique talents and abilities.

1. Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing students’ active participation, engagement, and understanding of the central themes.
2. Students’ artwork and their ability to explain their choices can be used as a form of assessment.
3. Encourage students to share their thoughts and reflections during the class discussions to assess their comprehension and empathy towards others.

Extension Activities:
1. Encourage students to create their own short stories or poems about animals with unique talents.
2. Organize a mini “talent show” where students can showcase their unique abilities or talents.
3. Explore other books by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees to further discuss themes of acceptance and diversity.

Note: The duration of each activity can be adjusted based on the age and attention span of the students




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